Apple continues its focus on privacy and security with some new resources on how to protect your devices, accounts, and personal safety. Let’s look at the recommended steps to check who can access your iPhone, other Apple devices, and Apple accounts.
Apple has published a new support guide this week that offers users an in-depth guide at managing their data and information on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. The new document is entitled “Device and Data Access when Personal Safety is At Risk.”
Apple says that the goal of this new manual is to “help you identify risks, and walk you through the steps to help make the technology you rely on as private and secure as you want it to be.” The company explains that its devices make it easy to connect and share data with other users, friends, and family members, but that there are scenarios where you need to revoke previously-granted access to things like location data, photos, and more.
Apple makes it easy to connect and share your life with the people closest to you. What you share, and whom you share it with, is up to you — including the decision to make changes to better protect your information or personal safety.
If you’d like to revisit what you share with other people, or restore your device’s original settings for any reason, this guide can help you understand what information you are sharing via your Apple devices, and how to make changes to protect your safety. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to remove someone’s access to information you’ve previously granted: from location data on the Find My app, to meetings you’ve scheduled via Calendar.
If you’re concerned that someone is accessing information you did not share from your Apple device, this guide will also help you identify risks, and walk you through the steps to help make the technology you rely on as private and secure as you want it to be.
The document itself is 20 pages long, and it includes in-depth details on things like managing location sharing, using the Find My app, protecting your Apple ID, setting up or managing Family Sharing, and much more.
The company has also published a trio of separate checklists with important tips for managing privacy and sharing with other people:
- Checklist: If you want to see if anyone else has access to your device or accounts
- Checklist: If you want to stop sharing with someone whom you previously shared with
- Checklist: If you want to make sure no one else can see your location
This is an incredibly important document for Apple to have published. You can find the full PDF right here for easy sharing with friends and family members who might find themselves in search of these tips.
Apple published its new 20-page support guide called “Device and Data Access When Personal Safety is at Risk.” And whether you’ve got some specific personal safety concerns or are just ready for a privacy and security checkup, following along with the steps below is a great idea.
How to check who can access your iPhone, other Apple devices, and Apple accounts
Here’s what Apple recommends:
Check what devices are associated with your Apple ID
- On iPhone and iPad, look at the devices that are signed in with your Apple ID by going to Settings > Your Name > Swipe down below Family Sharing
- On Mac you can head to System Preferences > Apple ID > Look for your devices on the left
- You can also see all your devices associated with your Apple ID at appleid.apple.com
- You can tap/click any device to learn more, choose Remove from Account for anything that you don’t want to remain connected to your Apple ID
Review Face ID and Touch ID settings
- Check if there is an unexpected alternate appearance or fingerprints in Face ID/Touch ID settings on iPhone, iPad, or Mac
- Head to Settings > Face ID & Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode to check your settings
- On Mac, you can head to System Preferences > Touch ID
Apple ID security settings
- Head to appleid.apple.com and check over the Security section
- Make sure everything looks correct
- If you don’t have two-factor authentication turned on, that’s a very important piece of securing your devices, accounts, and personal data
Check your apps
- Check through all your installed apps looking for anything unexpected
Look for unexpected profiles
- On iPhone and iPad, look under Settings > General for a Profiles section. Businesses, schools, and organizations are the most likely to install profiles but you can check to see if your device has one. The Profiles section won’t appear if there a none installed on your device. Profiles give additional access and privileges to Apple devices.
- Keep in mind you won’t want/or be able to remove profiles if required by your employer/school/etc.
Going further on who can access your iPhone, iPad, more
- Apple notes two more security checklists to go over include how to stop sharing your location and how to make sure no else one can see your location